And that’s not promising news for those hoping to see MadBum remain with the club where he’s won three rings.
The Giants, under baseball ops president Farhan Zaidi, no longer seem inclined to lavish lucrative contracts on vets. Take the recent decision to non tender Kevin Pillar.
Bumgarner, obviously of an entirely different ilk than Pillar, is going to get way more than that.
Wheeler, the erstwhile Giants farmhand, turns out to be a pretty damn good comp for Bumgarner, who is 14 months older than the now former longtime Met.
The stat lines look similar:
11-8, 3.96 ERA, 31 starts, 195.1 innings, 22 home runs, 50 walks, 195 K, 1.26 WHIP, 3.48 FIP
9-9, 3.90 ERA, 34 starts, 207.2 innings, 30 home runs, 43 walks, 203 K, 1.13 WHIP, 3.90 FIP
Dating back to the close of the 2019 season, there hasn’t been a single bread crumb to indicate the Giants are looking to splash $100 million-plus on a new Bumgarner deal.
And if the club was hoping to get Bumgarner on the cheap, the Wheeler cashout makes it readily apparent that such a scenario isn’t happening.